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giveth me, shall come to me; and a him that cometh to me, I will in no wise cast out. 38. For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.
39. And this is the Fathers will which hath lent me, d that of all which he hath given me, I fhould lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. 40. And this is the will of him that fent me, that every one
which + Mat. 24. 24. -Insomuch ther, if it be possible, let this Cup that (if it were possible) they should pass from me ; nevertheless, not as deceive the very Elect. † Joh.1o. I will, but as thou wilt. + Joh. 5. 28, 29. I give unto them Eternal 30. -I seek not mine own Wil, Life, and they shall never perish, nei- 5 but the Will of the Father which ther shall any pluck them out of my
hath sent me. Hand. My Father which gave C.: Joh.4.34. My Meat is to do the them me is greater than all: and will of him that fent me,and to fixib none is able to plack them out of my his Work. Fathers Hand. + 2 Tim. 2. 19. The 10 + Joh. 10. 28. The Words under Foundation of God ftandech sure, Ver. 37. + Joh. 17. 12. Those having this Seal, The Lord know that thou gavest me I have kept, and eth them that are his.- t Joh. none of them is lost but the Son of 2. 19. They went
out from us, Perdition : that the Scripture but they were not of us: for if 15 might be fulfilled. † Joh. 18.9
. they had been of us, they would Of them which thou gaveft me no doubt have continued with
have I loft none.
et Ver. 27,54. + Joh. 3. 15. + Mat. 26. 39. -O my Fa.
God same Import : And the Reason why those to whom our Lord spake did noi come to him, is here said to be, because they were not given him by the Father ; that is, they were not fitted and prepared for receiving and believing in him by those Means the Father had afforded them. They resisted the Evidence our Lord gave them to prove that he was sent by the Father, to propose the Terms on which they might be saved. Here is nothing in thefe Words which favours the Norion of an absolute D:cree, whereby fome few Persons are elected to Eternal Life, and the much greater Part of Mankind reprobated. God would have taught them, and given them to his Son to be saved by him, but they would not learn of him: If this was not the Case, we must suppose our Lord to be here excusing those that rejected him, and would not be prevailed with to come to him; for if they did not come to Christ, because they could not; and the Reason why they could not was, because they were not given him by the Father, in the Sense fome understand these Words, They could not be blamed for not coming. But the Cafe was far otherwile, for the Father would have given them, but they entertained reasonable Prejudices against the Son of God, and would not suffer themfelves to be given to him : They hated the Light, and would not come to it, because their Deeds were evil, Joh. 3. 19, 20. Why, says Joh. 8 43. do ye not understand my Speech, because ye cannot bear And why could they not hear his words? The following Verse tells us, because they were of their Father the Devil, and the Lyfts of their Eau ther they would do.
which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlafting life : and I will raise him up at the last day. 41. The Jews then f murmured at him, because he said, I am the bread which came down from heaven. 42. And they laid, : Is not this Jesus the son of Jofeph, whose father and mother we know ? how is it then that he faith, I came down from heaven? 43. Jelus therefore answered and said unto them, Murmur not among your felves. 44. No man
can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me, draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. 45. is k written in the Prophets, And they shall be all (1) taught of God. · Every man therefore that hath heard,
God fo loved the World. that he bour, and every Man his Brother, gave his only begotten Son, that saying, Know the Lord : for they whosoever believeth in him should shall all know me, from the least of ' not perish, but have everlasting, Life. , them unto the greatest of them,
t Joh. 4. 14.. - The Water that I 5 faith the Lord. Mic. 4. 2. Many thall give him, shall be in him a Nations shall come and say, Come, Well of Water springing up into let us go up to the Mountain of everlafing Life.
the Lord, and to the House of the Mat. 11.6. Blessed is he who. God of Jacob, and he will teach us soever shall not be offended in me. of his Ways, and we will walk in 3* Mat. 13:55. Is not this the his Paths. + Heb. 8.
doc. Carpenters son ? Is not his Mother This is the Covenant that I will called Mary ?
+ Mar. 6. 3. Is make with the House of Israel afo Im not this the Carpenter, the Son of ter those Days, faith the Lord; I
Mary, the Brother of James and 15 will put my Laws into their Mind, Jofes?-
+ Luk. 4. 22. -Is not and write them in their Hearts: and this Joseph: Son ?
I will be to them a God, and they h | Ver. 65. † Cant. 1. 4. Draw shall be to me a People, &c. + Heb. me, we will run afrer thee.
10. 16. This is the Covenant that See the Note on Joh. 5. 40. 20 I will make with them afrer those Ifa.
54. 13. All thy Children Days, faith the Lord; I will put shall be taught of the Lord, and my Laws into their Hearts, and in great shall be the Peace of thy their minds will I write them. Children. * Jer. 31. 34. They shall 1 Joh. 2. 20, 27. Ye have an Un. teach no more every Man his Neigh-25 &tion from the holy One.
(1) The Prophets cur Lord refers to, are Isaiah and Jeremich, whose Words are among the References. For the clearer Understanding of the Words, we may observe, that God may be said to teach Men in divers Senses; particularly
these Two Ways. First, Immediately by himself
. Secondly, Mediately by others. Firft, Immediately by himselt: Thus he inspired the Prophets under the Old Testament, and the Apostles and others in the Ned. Secondly, God may be said to teach Mediately by others: Thus the Apoftles taught their Hearers, and thus the Pastors and Teachers in the Christian Church have ever since taught Men the Will of God, and their Duty. And God has thought the Ministry of Men to Men so expedient, that when he vouchsafed to teach Men in an extra
ordinary Way, he fene them to Men to be farther instructed. Thus St. Paul, Ads 9. was sent to Ananias, and Cornelius, A&s 10. was directed to fend for St.Peter: And Pastors and Teachers were appointed by God, as well ás Apostles and Prophets, for the Perfifting of the Saints, for the Work of a the Ministry, for the Édifying of the Body of Christ: Till we ell come ir the Unity of the Faith, and of the Knowledge of the Son of God, unto e perfet Man, unto the Measure of the Stature of the Fulness of Christ, Eph. 4. 11,!?, 13. Such a Perfection as is here described, will, I am inclined to think, be !! part of the Happiness in the future State. If so, there will be need of Paftors and Teachers to the End of the World. It is indeed said by Joremy, They Mall no more teach every Man his Neighbour, &c. But if we take these words in the largest Sense, there was nothing that answered them when the Spirit was in the most plentiful manner poured out upon the il Church. I conceive therefore, that there is in them an usual Hebraism, whereby negative Words are to be understood comparatively, (See the Notes on Luk. 14. 12. and Joh. 3. 42.) and then the Meaning is not, that in the Times of the Gospel, there shall be no outward Teaching; but that there should be then a greater Measure of Divine Knowledge impårred to. the World ; fo that it would be easier to attain to the Knowledge of the Will of God, and the Duty he requires, and the Terms of Salvacion, than at any Time before. This we know to be true in Fa&; for noso every illiterate Person, who is not wanting to himself, may acquire 1 Sufficient Measure of Divine Knowledge.
There are divers other Ways by which God may be said to teach Men, as, by the Works of Creation and Providence : by the Dictates of our own Consciences, which those Scriptures may refer to, which speak of God's putting his Laws in our Minds, and writing them in out Hearis, &c. by the Example of Christ, co which the Apostle refers, 1 Thef: 4. 9: Ye your selves are taught of God to love one another. We have, moreover, the Divine In ftructions contained in the holy Scriptures, by reading of which, Men may be said to be taught of God. Lastly, God may be said to teach Men by the Motions of his Holy Spirit; for that the good 'Spirit of God often suggefts many serious and instructive Thoughts to the Minds of Men, exciting and perswading them to follow afrer those Things that make for their Peace, cannot be doubted by any who are acquainted with the ho• Jy Scriptures. Every understanding Christian will allow, that God may, if he pleases
, and when he pleases, immediately teach Men again, as he taught the Prophets and Apostles: Whether the Reason, why the Christian Church How, does not enjoy the extraordinary Gifts and Operations of the Spirit, which it did in the Times of the Apostles, and for some Time afterwards, be, because the Scriptures are received and owned by Christians, and therefore such extraordinary, Allistances are not wanted by them; or whether it be, that God with-holds them from us in Anger and Dif; pleasure, and to punish us for our Coldness and Formality, our infidelity and Prophaneness, may deferve to be considered : [See Mr. Thomas Bromley of extraordinary Difpenfations.] This we may depend upon, that God does not require Men to receive any as Prophets' and inspired, without giving them fufficient Evidence of their being sent by him. I may add, that cho Miracles alone are not sufficient, yet God in his several Dispensations seems to have made them always a part of the Evidence he has given to Persons extraordinarily Commissioned by him. We do not indeed read of any Miracles wrought by John Baptift; but that, I think, will not prove that he did
h learned of the Father, cometh unto me. 46. Not: y màn hath seen the Father, 'fave he which is of Le hath seen the Father. 47. Verily verily I say un
m He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. 48. lat bread of life.
n Your fathers did eat manna Wilderness, and are dead. 50. • This is the bread cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat there
not die. 51. I am the living bread, which » came com heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall ever: and the bread that I will give, is my flesh, I will give for the life of the world. 52. The Jews re ftrove amongst themselves, saying, “How can in give us his fleth to eat ? 53. Then Jesus said em, Verily verily I say unto you, Except ye u eat the
flesh t. II. 27. -Neither know everlasting Life: and he that believMan the Father, Save the eth not the Son, shall not see Life; i he to whom the Son will but the Wrath of God abideth on him. t Luk. 19.
him. oweth who the Son is, but s
nt See on Ver. 31. er; and who the Father is, • † Ver. 51, $8. Son, and he to whom the Son P † Joh. 3. 13. No Man hath alreal him. Joh. 1. 18. No cended up to Heaven, but he that ath seen God at any Time ; came down from Heaven, even the y begotten Son, which is in 10 Son of Man which is in Heaom of the Father, he hath him. Joh 7. 29. But I
9 + Heb. 15. 5, Io. When he n, for I am from him, and
cometh into the World, he faith, me. † Joh. 8. 19. -Ye Sacrifice and Offering thou wouldst know me, nor my Father : 15 not, but a Body halt thou prepad known me, ye should have red me. By the which will we my Father also. See on Joh. are sanctified, through the Offer
ing of the Body of Jesus Christ Joh. 3. 16. The Words under
once for all. 6. † Joh. 3. 18, 36. He 20
r + See on Joh. 7. 12. lieveth on him, is not con: s + Joh. 3. 9. Nicodemus and: but he that believeth fwered and said unto him, How can condemned already, because these things be ? not believed in the Name ' + Mat. 26. 26, 28. And as they only begotten Son of God. 25 were eating, Jesus took Bread, and it believeth on the Son, hath
any. Besides, his Birth was miraculous, and so was his Father's being &c. What should make us cautious is, that we are warr’d of falfe
and false Prophets, and that there have been often Pretensions to im. e Inspirations, which have been cnly the Effects of a war m Imagina. and
have been led by them into great Inconveniencies and MiI neither reflect on, gor censure any; for Men may be sincere, tho' tre mistaken, which fincerity will manifest it self by a general Care to d please God in the Life and Conversation.
58. e This is
flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. 54. Whofo * eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life, and I will raise him up at the laft day. 55. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. 56. He that eateth my fleth, and drinketh my blood, b dwelleth in me, and < Í in him. 57. As the living Father hath fent me, and a I live by the Father: 10 he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever. 59. These things said he in the fy. nagogue, as he taught in Capernaum. 60. Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, * This is an hard saying, who can hear it. 61. When Jesus knew in : himself, that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this oifend you? 62. What and if ye shall see the Son of man 8 ascend up where he was before ? 63. It is the h spirit that quickneth, the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are fpirit, and they are life. 64. But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus i knew from the beginning, who they were that believed rot, and who ihould betray him. 05. And he said, Therefore k faid I unto you, that no man can come unto me, ex
cept blessed it, and brake it, and gave it d Joh. 5. 26. As the Father hath to the Disciples, and said, Take, Life in himself, so hath he given eat; this is my Body. This is my the Son to have Life in himself. Blcod of the New-Testament.
e t Ver. 50,51. 2 + Ver. 27. + Joh. 4. 14. Who.
5 soever drinketh of the Water that
8 * Joh. 3. 13. The Words under I shall give him, shall never thirst : Ver. 5. 7 A&. 1.9. -While but the water that I shall give him, they beheld, he was taken up, and a shall be in him a Well of Water Cloud received him out of sight. Springing up into everlasting Life. 10 + Eph. 4. 8. When he ascended up
b Joh. 14. 20. Ac that Day ye on high, he led Captivity captive, frall know that I am in my Father, and gave Gifts unto Men. and you in me, and I in you. + 2 Cor. 3.6. Who also hath Joh. 17. 23. I in them, and thou
made us able Ministers of the New 1 Joh. 3. 24. He that Testament, not of the Letter, bue
15 keepeth his Commandments, dwel of the Spirit ; for the Letter killeth in him. 1 Joh. 4. 13, 16. leth, but the Spirit giveth Life. Hereby know we that we dwell in i'+ Joh. 2. 24, 25. Jesus did not him, and he in us, because he commit himself unto them, be. hath given us of his Spirit. -God cause he knew all Men, And need, is Love, and he that dwelleth in ed not that any should testifie of Love, dwelleth in God, and God in Man; for he knew what was in him.
Man. + Joh. 13. 11. He knew who Eph. 3.17. That Christ may fhould betray him. dwell in your Hearts by Faith. 25 kt Ver. 44, 45.
f Ver. 52.